SPORTY students at Pontefract NEW College have been recognised with a special Olympic status which will reward pupils with tickets for the 2012 Games.
The Park Lane college was recognised for students’ sporting achievements and involvement in the wider community – including holding a wheelchair rugby day to raise awareness of disability sport.
The special status – which is part of the Olympic education programme Get Set – will grant the school tickets to the London 2012 games, a place in special competitions, visits from athletes and the use of the programme’s official logo.
Tom Shepherd, head of the PE department, said: “The students are excellent examples of how London 2012 is helping to spark young people’s imagination and inspiring them to get involved and make a difference.
“It is a big deal to achieve this status. We had to fill out an application which told the committee what the school had been doing in the build up to the games and they were very impressed with the ambitions and dreams of all our students.
“The status is an excellent way to get the younger generations excited and I hope it will motivate other young people to join in.”
More than 18,000 schools registered with Get Set programme and successful applicants were awarded a plaque and certificate by the London Organising Committee (LOC).
The Pontefract college will be allocated a portion of the 100,000 tickets by the London 2012 Ticketshare initiative for a variety of the 26 Olympic and 20 Paralympic events.
Sebastian Coe, chairman of LOC, said: “When London won the right to host the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, we made a clear promise to use the power of the 2012 Games to inspire young people.
“I am proud to welcome Pontefract NEW College in to the Get Set network for their exciting work around the Olympic values of friendship, excellence and respect and the Paralympic values of inspiration, courage, determination and equality.
“By joining the network the students have been given a golden opportunity to give some of their pupils the chance of a lifetime – tickets to see the greatest show on earth.”